Evening Hurricane Sandy Update for Residents of Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Here is the most up-to-date information for residents of Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The Summit Public Schools are closed Thursday and Friday.  New Providence Public Schools are closed Thursday.

NP Fuel on South Street in New Providence is open but lines are long.

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Here's are the latest updates from the Suburban Chamber of Commerce:

CURRENT 4 pm NUMBERS OF CUSTOMERS EFFECTED BY THE STORM FROM THE JERSEY CENTRAL POWER AND LIGHT WEBSITE ...

  • SUMMIT - 8,606
  • NEW PROVIDENCE - 4,920
  • BERKELEY HEIGHTS - 4,007

These numbers are from the First Energy Website. Best information is that this will be a multi - day outage. No one is making any promises. Summit Mayor Dickson is suggesting that if you have relatives or friends who have power, to consider staying with them for the duration.

ROAD CLOSURES: There are road closures all over the region. Be safe and attentive when driving. When Driving, no phones, no texting, tweeting etc. PLEASE!

FROM OVERLOOK HOSPITAL: All inpatient, emergency and radiology services are open. Most outpatient services are open, however, please call ahead to make sure.

SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP: All Summit Medical Group locations are closed Wednesday and Thursday with the exception of their West Orange Location. They are updating their website regularly. http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/

 

HALLOWEEN UPDATES:

SUMMIT: Tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, November 3. No Trick or Treating on Wednesday.  

NEW PROVIDENCE: No Trick or Treating on Wednesday. Rumors about an alternate celebration today are NOT TRUE.

THE STATE DECLARES: Governor Christie has issued an Executive Order moving the New Jersey celebration of Halloween to Monday, November 5. We are sure that individual municipalities will make their own decisions based upon the SAFETY of all involved.

BUSINESS UPDATES: We can tell you that there is limited power in all three downtowns. Long lines at the Gas Stations that are open. Many of the food establishments are open, some with limited menus.

Here are some notices that we have received from local member businesses:

THE GRAND SUMMIT HOTEL has had to close, and will remain closed until power is restored.

Paul Neuwirth reports that he has propane at Taylor Rental - and his power is on. If anyone wants to charge phones, they have two charging stations available.

Skin Deep Day Spa in New Providence reports that they are now open.

The Prestige Diner is open.

Elefante Music is open, but classes were cancelled.

The Chamber's First Friday event, scheduled for this Friday at 8:00 am at the Grand Summit Hotel, has been cancelled.   Watch for a special networking event later this month!

SUMMIT INFORMATION:

 SHELTER / CHARGING STATION
 
The Summit Middle School is open for those who need sheltering and will serve as a charging station. Those displaced residents with pets, may bring their pets with pet carrier.

CLOSINGS
 
Summit Public Schools will be closed for the balance of the week.

UNION COUNTY: County Offices will re-open tomorrow, Thursday November 1. The Park-Madison Building in Plainfield will remain closed, however all staff assigned to the Park Madison Building are required to  report to their companion Social Service's Offices in Elizabeth. Home delivered meals will resume on Thursday, November 1. Para-transit services will resume on November 1. Courts will re-open on November 1. All county parks remain closed until further notice. The November 3 Pumpkin Sail and the Nov 5 Barn Dance are postponed.

FROM BERKELEY HEIGHTS MAYOR JOE BRUNO as reported in the ALTERNATIVE PRESS ....

Power has been restored to approximately 800 homes in the last 24 Hours but we still have about 3560 outages as  of now throughout  the Township. JCP&L is still saying 6-10 days before all power is back. Once again if you have not called JCP&L and reported your outage at  1-888-544-4877  you must do so . Do Not Assume that they know.

·         Residents who need to power up their computers or cell phones are welcome to do so at Town Hall or the YMCA on Springfield Ave..  

·         Halloween has been postponed until it is 100% safe to do so. We will notify residents via reverse 911 when it will take place.

·         Most of the Stores, Restaurants and Businesses in the downtown area have power.

·         I have made the decision to again Re- Chip the Township. This will start when it is safe to do so. Please start to put your branches out as soon as you are able. There will be no posted schedule, we will start in the areas we can get to first and we will only make one pass through the entire Township including Free Acres. Please arrange your branches in the same order as the regular chipping program.  All branches with the large ends facing out, 4 inch diameter maximum. Only Branches Please no fencing or lumber we will not have the time to separate piles so if you have anything but branches it will not be picked up and we will not return until spring.

 

FROM NEW PROVIDENCE:

New Providence Mayor J. Brooke Hern announced that municipal officials continue to make progress in the restoration efforts following Hurricane Sandy.  Hern said that he has been in touch with officials at JCP&L who are working on an assessment of the outages, system wide.  While most residents are without power, Hern expects that he will receive an update specific to New Providence later today.  JCP&L crews are actively working in New Providence.

Hern also announced that due to safety concerns, with the downed power lines and fallen trees, door-to-door Halloween Trick or Treating is postponed until further notice.  Mayor Hern expects that announcement about the rescheduled Halloween festivities will come by tomorrow afternoon.

Hern announced that the shelter, located in the gymnasium of the Municipal Center will remain open for those who desire shelter.  Also, charging stations are available for cell phones, tablets and laptops.  Residents must bring their own chargers.

REMEMBER YOU HAVE TO REPORT: If you lose power call JCP&L at  1-888-544-4877  and report it. Don't assume that they know, by calling it will be registered. 

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